Julie Pottinger, better known by her pen name Julia Quinn, is a best-selling American historical romance author. Her novels have been translated into 41 languages, and she has appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List 19 times.
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Pottinger was born as Julie Cotler in 1970 to Jane and Stephen Lewis Cotler. She has three sisters: Emily, Abigail, and Ariana. She is Jewish. She was raised primarily in New England, although she spent much of her time in California following her parents’ divorce.
Since her early childhood, Pottinger thoroughly enjoyed books. At age 12, her father disagreed with her choices of reading material, Sweet Dreams and the Sweet Valley High book series, and told her she could keep reading them only if she could prove that they were good for her. She promptly told him that she was studying them in order to write one herself. Challenged to prove that she meant her statement, Pottinger sat down at their computer and wrote her first two chapters. After finishing her novel three years later, she submitted it to Sweet Dreams, but was rejected.
Her novels have been translated into 41 languages, and she has appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List 19 times. Her Bridgerton series of books has been adapted for Netflix by Shonda Rhimes under the title Bridgerton.
Julia Quinn was born in New York, New York, United States.